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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

further to my last post

zinnia pop

these ideas so appeal to me right now.

and further to our quest for a "simplified life" i am running with em's passion for gardening (the zinnia is all her doing) and we are taking on a community garden plot with our nieghbors. we are very excited and anxious to start on our winter seedlings. and to transplant some pumpkins that are flowering in pots (does anyone know if this will work?).

i know that we are a long (long!) way off from meeting the ideals. but the little steps feel really very good.

oh, and isn't this the perfect dress?

ok - next post - some sewing... really...

13 comments:

hannah said...

oh yes, i am volunteering for this life. it feels good to pare down to what has real value and meaning doesnt it?

i wish i knew more about gardening, perhaps em could teach us a thing or two?

Sasha said...

I do know that plants in that family don't like to have their roots disturbed, so I would be careful and try and can get them out of the pots without smashing the stems and disturbing the root ball and soil, and do it on a cool day and water well, then it might work. Best of luck!

stephanie said...

for more on living a more simplified/conscious life, i recommend http://www.newdream.org

we've been trying to follow this path as well, and it has been really rewarding. when we start feeling anxious or disatisified, we try to remind ourselves of these goals.

beautiful photo!

sally said...

Community gardens are fantastic. Your family is going to have so much fun, cannot wait to see the "fruits" of your labor. Love the photograph!

melissa f. said...

it will work... just make sure the hole at the other end is big enough-- and then follow the rest of sasha's advice.

beautiful picture.

lisa s said...

gorgeous zinnia! how great that you are a family that can garden together!!

amy h said...

My mom has planted pumpkin seeds before. The plants had a mind of their own -- they crawled all the way over to the neighbor's property. She had the cutest pumpkins though, and they weren't difficult once they got going.

I was about to say I was jealous that you can plant things for winter, but then I remembered that I kind of like having a winter gardening break!

this single spark said...

Transplanting them when they are flowering isn't the best. They may not reach full maturity.

And they definitely don't like to have their roots disturbed, so handle with care.

Here's a fun website with lots of pumpkin info (but not the answer to your question!):
http://www.pumpkin-patch.com/

Tracy said...

thanks for all the pumpkin advice. i think we will take (a very careful) chance. i doubt they will fruit in the pots they are currently in so i don't there is much to lose...


thanks for the link steph - so good!

Amy said...

The thoughts on simplicity really resonated with me. I am just this week really bearing down on my mateial posessions and giving them a long hard look. There is a big pile by the front door ready to exit the premises and it feels so good. I feel renewed energy that I can focus on other things.

Shari said...

yay for community gardens! love this zinnia photo.

Tracy said...

it all does feel good doesn't it?!

The Bruin Boy Bunch said...

pumpkins are great at being transplanted early in the summer (may/juneish) so I don't know how big they will get once you get them in the ground but they are such fun to grow... and grow they will so leave them plenty of room. I know that when we grew some pumpkins back when my bugs were small (many years ago) it was a great experience for all of us... but the best part was having the pumpkins to carve at holloween and make bread with. I am looking forward to hearing wonderful things.